The next meeting of the Captiva Community Panel is set for 9 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 11, in the Cone Rooms on Chadwicks Square at South Seas Island Resort. This meeting is open to all interested islanders and the public.

Among the agenda items will be a water quality and Lake Okeechobee update; a workshop on the natural resources issues in the Captiva Code; an update on the ongoing Caloosahatchee River levels and flows dispute; an update on the Wastewater Committee and the county study, plus committee reports and update from other island organizations.

Public participation is invited and encouraged. The next Captiva Community Panel meeting tentatively will be Jan. 8. Information and background documents are available online at www.captivacommunitypanel.com.

BACKGROUND: The Captiva Community Panel was authorized by Lee County commissioners in January 2002 to act in an advisory role concerning land use and zoning issues on Captiva. The 11-member panel has overseen the adoption of a Captiva section in the Lee Plan, with a goal, objective and 14 initial policies adopted by the county in January 2003, October 2005, August 2007, September 2011 and January 2018. The Captiva Community Panel provides a public forum whereby Captiva property owners can present projects requiring variances and get feedback from and answer questions of the panel members and other Captiva neighbors attending the public meeting. The panel has no decision-making authority on variance requests, but does advise Lee County as to the point of view of the panel and the point of view expressed by other interested Captivans attending the public meeting at which the variance request was presented.